Read the full story at Reuters.
"I don't think any patient would expect that. If they found out, they would raise a lot of questions," said Peter Ubel, at Duke University, who led the research.
"It has nothing to do with moral. It has everything to do with human nature. The doctors don't even know they are behaving this way."
In the survey, two sets of questions were sent to primary care physicians around the United States. One set asked about different types of hypothetical colon cancer surgery and another about a treatment for bird flu.
The doctors received either a survey that asked them to assume they were the patient, or one that asked them about their advice for patients.
Of 242 physicians who answered the colon cancer questionnaire, 38 percent went with the survey that carried a higher risk of death but fewer side effects for themselves. By contrast, only a quarter said they would recommend that treatment to their patients.
[Evidently doctors don't sue themselves for malpractice - or else they would insist on enduring all of the rule-out studies they order just to CYA (cover YOUR ass))